July 20, 2009

The Right Path

Written by Boyd Bailey

The Right Path… “Listen my son, and be wise, and keep your heart on the right path.” Proverbs 23:19

There is a right path that leads to life, and there is a wrong path that leads to death. The right path does not envy sinners, but is zealous for the fear of the Lord (v.17). The right path does not engage in excessive drinking and eating, but is content with modest intakes that benefit the body (v. 20-21). The right path reflects Christ and His commands. You keep your heart on the right path by receiving and applying the wisdom of God.

For example, the right path honors its parents even during disagreements (v.22). There is an inherent respect that comes with a child who recognizes their parent’s God given authority in their lives. So they listen with longsuffering, as their mom and dad grow old and repeat themselves with a mind that grows muddled. A respectful child loves their parents for who they are, not for what they can get from them. Their motive is to listen and learn.

Those who walk on the right path reach out for directions from the Lord. Like the Psalmist, they look up for His leadership, “You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand” (Psalm 16:11). You experience joy and contentment as you move toward middle age. You are steady and secure as you follow your Savior’s steps. “My steps have held to your paths; my feet have not slipped” (Psalm 17:5). The right path blesses with right results.

So Providence is your Pathfinder. God is your Guide. Christ is your Compass. Even as your path zigzags, stay focused on your faith in the Lord. It may be rocky with unforeseen obstacles or bumpy with potholes of disappoint, but don’t stray away, “Our hearts had not turned back; our feet had not strayed from your path” (Psalm 44:18). The right path fills your soul with gallons of God’s grace. He will fuel your faith to move forward with no fear. What path would Jesus travel? Is my heart on the right path with Him?

Related Readings: Proverbs 4:10-23; Psalm 119:32-35; Luke 3:4; Romans 11:33

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